Pierre Gasly has confirmed it was a brake issue that put not one but both Toro Rossos out of Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.
Starting at the back of the grid due to engine penalties, Toro Rosso had hoped to make up ground at the Sochi Autodrom and maybe even sneak a point.
Instead both drivers spun within the first five laps of the grand prix before parking their STR13s and calling it quits.
LAP 5/53: Double trouble for @ToroRosso ❌❌
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Gasly says it was a brake issue.
He explained: “From the start it felt like the brake pedal was quite strange and I had a strange feeling with it.
“A really long pedal.
“It got worse in the first two laps and then the pedal went completely flat and I lost the front brakes.
“We had to retired.”
He added: “In the end that was unexpected and now we have to make sure we don’t have the same issue next weekend.”
The Frenchman revealed Brendon Hartley had the same issue.
“Apparently,” he said. “I spoke with him and it seemed to be something similar.”